Archives of IT, a charity which is collecting oral interviews to tell the
history of the technology industry, is inviting CAS members to help review a
new range of school resources it is developing as part of its schools’
charity is currently developing a range of resources aimed at KS2 to KS5 levels
which include lesson plans, presentations and worksheets. The first three in
the range will provide information about career options in technology, the
history of the mobile phone, and key developments in technology and their impact
on society today.
Elizabeth Sparrow, a Trustee of the charity
and architect of the resources explains: “This is an exciting move for us as a very
young charity and we’ve already had some great feedback and support from
teachers and pupils for our resources. As the project is developing rapidly, we
would like to gain more feedback to ensure that the materials are going to be
truly useful to aid teachers and we hope that CAS members will be able to help
us with this.
“Our objective in creating this schools’
engagement programme is to inspire school students whatever their chosen
careers to understand the potential of technology though the insights of some
of the most influential people who have worked and are working in the field.”
Each lesson will feature facts and insight into the
development of technology, along with personal stories taken from the Archives
interviews with over 100 leaders of the UK IT industry from the 1960s through
to the present day.
first three lessons under development are:
phones – now and then. A short history of the development of the mobile phone
from Alexander Graham Bell to 5G. This is aimed at KS2 students.
about a career in technology?” designed to be used by individual students to
inspire them to consider various technology career options.
“The impact of technology on society, government and business in post-war Britain; Lesson 1: 1950s and 1960s”. This lesson is linked to the KS3 curriculum in the following areas:
o History: Social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society, Britain’s place in the world since 1945.
o Design & Technology: The impact of new and emerging technologies on industry, enterprise, sustainability, people, culture, society and the environment, production techniques and systems.
o Business: How technology, including e-commerce and digital communication, influences business activity, the impact of globalisation on businesses, including how businesses compete internationally.
Elizabeth concludes: “As well as feedback
from computing teachers, we are also looking for feedback from teachers involved
in history, social studies and careers information, so we would like to invite
CAS members to share the information with their fellow teachers and hopefully
prompt further support for us.”
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